Egypt: Opposition Builds*
Before Ramadhan, it might have been an opportune time to stage a fraudulent presidential election using Ramadhan as a period when some will reflect more on the ethics and morals within Islam, but this Ramadhan has been met with further oppression from a more fearful regime, and more reflection from a people who allowed themselves to be betrayed by deep state propaganda…
Ex-Tamarod member: ‘We have been betrayed after 30 June’
Former coordinator of the Tamarod movement in the Egyptian bar association Ahmed Qinawy slammed the post-coup regime in Egypt, saying that those who organised last year’s 30 June protests have been “betrayed.”
“30 June has not provided anything for Egypt, and has not made Egypt better off. On the contrary, Egypt has become worse off since 30 June,” he told Al Jazeera on Monday.
Qinawy pointed out that the demands for which Tamarod was formed have not been met, and that crises have multiplied.
“We demanded freedom and democracy for Egypt, but Egypt has now turned to a repressive country, and the regime knows no other language than repression and tyranny,” he said.
“I challenge Al-Sisi to mobilise 5% of those who turned out in last year’s protest,” he added.
Egyptian anti-MB activists refuse to celebrate 30 June
Egyptian revolutionary forces who supported the 2013 coup refused to take part in 30 June celebrations, stressing that 30 June aimed at excluding the Muslim Brotherhood, and that 25 January was the real revolution.
A representative of 6 April Democratic Front Sherif Al-Roubi said that his movement would not celebrate the anniversary of 30 June, explaining that “25 January was the real revolution” the demands of which have not yet been fulfilled.
Likewise, Shaimaa Hamdy a member of the Youth for Justice and Freedom movement, criticised calls for celebrating 30 June. “Such celebrations have brought us to square one,” she said, adding that her movement is now opposing military rule, but would not engage with the Muslim Brotherhood
Egypt: anti-Brotherhood cleric accuses government of ‘fighting Islam’
An Egyptian cleric known for his opposition of the Muslim Brotherhood and support for the July 3 military coup slammed the latest government decision to limit Ramadan night prayer time to 45 minutes, saying it shows the government’s “anti-religion” agenda.
Sheikh Ahmed Karima, professor of Sharia at Al-Azhar University, criticized the ministries of interior and endowments for imposing a limited duration for prayers in the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. “By taking such decisions, the state is acting against religion, or as the Brotherhood puts it, is fighting Islam.”
He also turned against the ministry of religious endowments, accusing it of crackdown on mosques.
Karima warned that decisions like these would dissuade people from acts of worship in Ramadan. “They would go instead to cafes to smoke shisha, or would stay at home and watch porn movies,” he said.
“The national security apparatus is supposedly tasked with monitoring explosives, not mosques,” he said.
“Are we back to the Habib al-Adly days?” he wondered.
Women sexually abused in Egyptian prisons… some 14 times in one day
YouTube clip from Al-Jazeera entitled: A catastrophic report exposes cases of rape inside military prisons. One girl was raped 14 times
The clip was posted on June 29, 2014.
Presenter: The delegation submitted a general report about the violations that took place against Egyptian women since the military coup and until the first of June. The delegation also submitted another detailed report about cases of rape and sexual assault taking place against female detainees inside Egyptian prisons and police stations. The delegation submitted an authenticated report of seven cases of rape of female detainees. The report included a list of the names of detention centres and the names of police officers and individuals accused of raping the women including the cases of two women who were raped 14 times in one day in one of the detention centres belonging to Central Security Forces. One of the female detainees was suspended naked and sexually assaulted and was forced to watch obscene scenes. The delegation, which is composed of the European Coalition for Democracy and Human Rights, called for placing Egyptian women under a special category by the Committee for Women and Children and called for opening an investigation, by a neutral committee, into the violations and for opening the prisons and police station for inspection as well as for making police officers and cadets accountable for their actions.
Narrator: Documented testimonies of cases of rape to which women were subjected inside Egyptian prisons and police stations keep being uncovered. The latest case was disclosed by lawyer Ahmad Sayf Al-Islam Hammad and was publicised by human rights activist Haytham Abu Khalil. It is the case of an Al-Azhar female student who was raped inside an armoured police vehicle.
Lawyer Hammad: Sixty-eight people were accused in this case. It happened on December 28, 2013. On that day students were arrested inside the university. They were then taken to Nasr City police station and from there on to Al-Salam Military Camp. They were questioned by the prosecution there. We were lucky that [the girl] was released on bail set at 500 Egyptian pounds. She was the only person [to be released] from amongst the accused. We were lucky she was released. I was surprised afterwards that her mother [spoke about] problems between Nada and her husband. I tried to intervene to reconcile them. Her mother came to me in the office with tears dropping from her eyes. I asked her: “What’s wrong? Are you the cause of this? Why doesn’t your daughter want to return to her husband?” She kept saying it was the prison and this and that. Finally, she broke down and said: “My daughter, this and that happened to her”. The officer raped her. She told me about this disastrous incident.
Narrator: In the meantime, the International Coalition of Expatriate Egyptians has published the first report that documents cases of rape and sexual abuse inside Egyptian prisons and police stations. The coalition made a submission to the UN Human Rights Commission about these violations.
Female witness: We have received reports of several rape and sexual assault cases. We have documented seven cases. Out of concern for safety of the victims, we keep the names of the victims and the assailants and the places were the crimes took place confidential.
Narrator: The European Coalition for Freedom and Democracy, one of the affiliates of the International Coalition of Egyptian Expatriates, published a booklet entitled Save Cleopatra that deals with violations perpetrated against Egyptian women since the coup and until now.
Female witness: I shall speak about four cases. One of them was kidnapped by security forces. She was assaulted by persons dressed in police and army uniforms inside the prison vehicle then she was thrown on the road; it was a gang rape. The second case was kidnapped and assaulted inside a police station. She was gang raped by officers and cadets. There were two cases last month that were raped 14 times in one day. This happened in one of the central security camps.
Narrator: Violations did not stop at the perpetration of rape against female detainees. There were other violations too.
Female witness: One of the female detainees was suspended completely naked like a pendulum. She was sexually assaulted by all the police officers and cadets present at the time. Young women were forced to watch indecent videos. In one of the prisons two male officers were naked while they searched female detainees. The floor was wiped using the bodies of victims, this happened in the Nasr City police station’s second precinct. Some female detainees were paraded naked in front of police officers and cadets and were sexually assaulted.
Narrator: These savage assaults have not attracted the attention of the authorities who have not taken steps to investigate them despite repeated appeals from the local and international communities for them to do so.
Egypt Restricting Ramadhan Sermons to Favour the Regime*
Egypt’s Lost Power
Egypt: Over 20,000 Detainees to Start ‘Uprising’*
Egypt: Torturing University Students*
Egypt Accused of Systematic Torture of Detainees*
Jailed Egyptian Children Moved to ‘torture camp’*
Egypt in a Coma!
The Black Block!
Egyptian Christians Against General Sisi*
Egypt Consolidates Israeli Relations*